Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

4 Stars
Romantic Suspense
14th April 2016
She changed her name. She changed her life. But someone won’t let her go. The brand-new novel of love, drama and hope from legendary Nora Roberts. Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world. Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton – gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart. But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret – and won’t let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor’s identity, before it’s too late.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know how much I love Nora Roberts!
In 2013 Ms Roberts came out with Whiskey Beach and I really wasn’t keen on it, I didn’t review about it but wrote why I was on the fenceabout the book. After that I really, really apprehensive about her next romantic suspense that would come out. Happily Ms Roberts came out with The Collector and then The Liar both are brilliantly written romantic suspense that wooed and wowed me and made me very happy I continued to read Ms Roberts romantic suspense and The Obsession is no different!
Nora Roberts sticks with tradition with her writing of The Obsession every five chapters is broken down into segments. For example the first segment is Exposure and covers chapters one to five and in these five chapters you will know what happens to Naomi and her family, what breaks them and how they survive. I love that Ms Roberts does this because you know that these breakdowns help frame the story but also because they give you an idea of what is going to happen.
Naomi is a great character that has a will of steel, she is the glue that has kept her family together for years and tried her hardest not to let them fall apart in the aftermath of what happen. I adored Naomi she is such an amazing character that knows her own mind and values what is important to her and her family is important to her.
Naomi’s family was one of my favourite parts of The Obsession, how close they all are and how important they are to each other, no matter the trials they’ve been through or will go through or how far apart they physically may be, they will always be there for each other. Naomi’s Uncle Seth and his husband brought some light relief at times and I loved Naomi explaining the evolution of her brother’s career.
I liked Xander but with only one reading I can say I didn’t love him, he was well written and well-rounded and I loved the creation Ms Roberts came up with of his home library but he didn’t wow me like Ms Roberts male characters usually do. However, as I said this was only after one reading, I tend to re-reading Ms Roberts books and opinions do change after a second or third reading and this may be a possibility as Xander is such a likeable character.
The suspense part of The Obsession was very well done and as you read it you can go two ways, you can either just get sucked straight into the storyline and keep on with it as it unfolds or your mind can be raising a head trying to put all the pieces together to figure out who the murder is. Until halfway through the book I was the former then I became the later when more of the story unfolded.
“She didn’t know what woke her, and no matter how many times she relived that night, no matter where the nightmare chased her, she never would.”
As usual Ms Roberts spends a lot of time setting up the imagery of the town and house Naomi moves to and during the renovation of her house and the furniture to go with it. I thought that at times it would get boring because it does tend to be one of those themes Ms Roberts uses a lot. Renovation of a house. However I enjoyed the difference’s Ms Roberts used in The Obsession compared to other books such as The Liar, Whiskey Beach and Tributejust to name a few.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed The Obsession, which was no surprise because it contains everything that makes a good great romantic suspense and takes you on an epic journey with some awesome characters.
A read I would highly recommend!

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